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Radio Says Yeltsin’s Surgery Postponed

Wed., Oct. 16, 1996

President Boris Yeltsin is unlikely to undergo heart surgery soon because he is anemic and doctors have been unable to raise his hemoglobin count, a radio station said Tuesday. The Kremlin denied the report.

The president’s surgeon and the chief Kremlin doctor both said Yeltsin’s treatment is on schedule and the bypass operation should go ahead in the next few weeks.

“Preparations for the operation are going according to plan,” said presidential spokesman Sergei Yastrzhembsky. “No one has said anything about changing the schedule.”

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